Guild Wars 2 confirms the Elementalist’s Tempest elite spec

ArenaNet has confirmed the rumored next elite spec for Guild Wars 2’s upcoming Heart of Thorns expansion: The Elementalist’s Tempest.

The Tempest will access the formerly off-limits warhorn and all-new shouts, which are intended to reward positional gameplay and encourage close-to-mid-range front-line combat and support. Good news, everyone: Staff isn’t the only way to play!

Ten Ton Hammer reports that the Tempest’s core mechanic is an attunement overload that grants a special skill for each element.

Overload Fire: The Tempest creates an infernal tornado over time that continuously damages and burns enemies while granting allies might.
Overload Water: The Tempest pulls water into an aquatic bubble that allows him to regenerate and cleanse conditions from himself and nearby allies.
Overload Air: The Tempest creates a nimbus cloud overhead that repeatedly strikes nearby enemies with lightning.
Overload Earth: The Tempest will rend the earth and bend it to their will, taking a ride on it and granting protection to nearby allies and crippling enemies.

So yeah, I’ll be over there leveling up my abandoned Elementalist.

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RiccardoTavano
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confectionally RiccardoTavano Bannex19 Fresh air and fire staff ele sitcking to one element only ? lol…and it’s your main ? good lord.
Fresh air build works with ride the lightning to get close if you’re not…or use the blink, updraft, switch to fire, dragon’s tooth, phoenix and use ring of fire, swap to air again for the air attunement proc dmg, go to earth, knock it down, then water if needed or back to air…and repeat. It’s one of the most difficult build to use for ele…so it’s clearly not “stick to one element”…then again with the current meta it’s not much used anymore.
Even “fire staff” swaps quite a lot, there’s no build right now that sits on one attunement one second longer than needed to cast all the needed skill at that moment in that attunement.

confectionally
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confectionally

RiccardoTavano confectionally Bannex19 There are already tons of really popular and well-used builds based on sitting in one attunement.  I mean, Fresh Air and staff fire are basically go-to for every ele.  If you want to call this a “change”, the only change I personally see is an expansion of the most boring elementalist trend in the game.

tobascodagama
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tobascodagama

Bannex19 Moon powers would be pretty cool. >.>

Craywulf
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Craywulf

arktourosx But Nreff never said or implied there could/would be a “big boxed up surprise”. 
 Furthermore you’re saying premature judgements of skeptism are more valid than generalized pragmatism.

RiccardoTavano
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RiccardoTavano

rgkeydet Surfing on rocks :D yey, lol.

RiccardoTavano
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RiccardoTavano

arktourosx Craywulf Still the main point is that…we do not know what the horn do properly…and it’s an objective truth.
We have some infos, but nothing precise…they already said it’s not just the typical “wail” weapon, it can create a tornado to pull enemies, shoot orbs of lighting wich strikes with thunders the enemies nearby, share boons and stuff like that.
People were “meh” about dragonhunter too…then during the stream they’ve seen the condition DPS potential and were like “well, it might not atually be that bad” (even if many are still meh about the name, lol)
So yes, you may said that we are all “delusional” , but it’s a fact that, till we do not know how the weapon is , it’s impossible to give a proper judgement.
After all we’ve already seen that Anet can pull out different ways to use the same weapon…look at mesmer’s greatsword and revenant’s hammer.

RiccardoTavano
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RiccardoTavano

confectionally Bannex19 Well, it actually is a pretty darn big change for the ele, before ele was all about swapping to maximize DPS, might, cure rotations, combos and stuff like that…with this spec you’re actually “forced” to sit on an attunement for X seconds, wich do not seems a lot without playing it, probably , but actually is.
It changes totally the way you play elementalist right now.

RiccardoTavano
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RiccardoTavano

arktourosx Radfist Well, everything worked, but it was pretty much based on the situation and in PvE like…80% of the builds were fire.
Air was cool, but mostly single target good for PvP, but not PvE. Earth had some exhaustion rate even higher than fire, making it viable , but kinta meh in PvE…and water was used mainly when EotN came out because fire was ineffective against destroyers, lol.

Radfist
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Radfist

arktourosx Radfist  Hmm didn’t know that, I thought most were still running D/D like in PvP.  I tried D/D and it was powerful, but the combat just looked like a mess of spell effects.  Hoping the Ranger Druid spec will satisfy my casting taste.

rgkeydet
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rgkeydet

I can’t wait to see what the earth overload looks like, the description sounds really cool

arktourosx
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arktourosx

Radfist Actually, funny thing, in most PvE groups now the Elementalist already sits in one attunement.  Phalanx Strength Warriors and Guardians spread might while we just sit back and DPS in Fire Staff.  Unfortunately this really only works with Fire rather than like in GW1 where we could make any attunement work for DPS.

arktourosx
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arktourosx

Craywulf These aren’t quotes, they’re generalizations of the nonsense people spew all over anytime something bad gets released and people get down about it.  Each time they say, “Wait for the…” as if suddenly the same rotten basis gets any better.  What he is doing is being blindly optimistic.  There’s enough details on the class (overcharge mechanic, shouts utilities and warhorn details) to begin making judgements that are fact based.  Saying there could be some big boxed up surprise is simply misleading and delusional.

dibstaru
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dibstaru

Wake me up when the hype’s done with *yawn*

jsmooth1
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jsmooth1

Esoteric Coyote Nreff

This reminds me of a Path of Exile April Fools skill.
Cats When Damage Taken – http://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1233642

Sinaptic
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Sinaptic

alexjwillis 
oh colin just means stack in the corner and aoe= win. After all that is how anet designs games and how he plays them.

Radfist
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Radfist

I normally like elementalist type classes but the constant attunement jumping ruined the class for me. I preferred GW1 where you would focus on one or two types.

zZ
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My main is an elementalist…. This is Boring News :(

Sazri
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Sazri

Dystopiq Nothing has been datamined for Warriors yet. Rangers or Engineers may be next.

Mimiros
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Mimiros

Bannex19 You listen to Nerdpoker too?

confectionally
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confectionally

Bannex19 Sure, why not? Anything would’ve been better than this.
On a more serious note, it’s a bit silly to imply that I’m somehow unreasonable for wanting for my main class what was originally promised as the whole idea behind creating elite specs.  Everybody else has gotten pretty cool variations on their theme so far, but this is just same-old same-old for elementalists.

Bannex19
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Bannex19

Did you want them to have moon powers or something?

Craywulf
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Craywulf

arktourosx Very pleased to see that you’ve pointed out the delusions of from misquotes. Remind me to tap you when I need a random out of context post.  None of your quotes implied the same thing Nreff said. He exercising pragmatism and caution before making blatant negative remarks. Your quotes imply solicitation and hyperbole, especially noted for your use of exclamation marks.

I caution you to read more carefully before you jump to conclusions and make out of context quotes. You don’t want to come off looking delusional now do you…

arktourosx
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arktourosx

Nreff  “Wait for the reveal later this week!”
“Wait for the livestream later this week!”
“Wait to try it out hands on!”
I kinda admire the level of delusion people put themselves through by keeping hope alive that somehow something awful is going to just be any better.

Telos_
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Telos_

Talk about disappointment.  A warhorn is a lame weapon.

confectionally
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confectionally

Ele is my main, and I was looking forward to the opportunity to get something that changed up our theme a bit, not just more of the same.  Like, you know, we were promised the elite specs were going to be.
Disappointing weapon and disappointing boring spec.  I’m pretty sad right now.

Esoteric Coyote
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Esoteric Coyote

Nreff This thing, I want it.

arktourosx
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arktourosx

Tenthyr There’s lots of examples in life where there are bad things other people seem to enjoy.
The difference is I can easily factually explain to you why the new features (overcharge, shouts, and warhorn) are mechanically bad or a poor decision where as most people who are in favor of the new thing can only explain…well, it’s new and shiny…

arktourosx
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arktourosx

kericstiq Actually overcharging is pretty silly as far as mechanics go.  For example look at Pulsing out Might with Fire Overcharge.  Sounds great concept right?  Except Elementalist can already kick out tons of stacks of Might with Cross Attunement combos.  Even from a PvE dungeon perspective you’ll typically have another class kicking out Might stacks to people while Elementalists camp Fire and keep on doing DPS with Staff.  Other attunements like giving regen or cleansing conditions are things Elementalists already can do with a variety of specs and setups.

kericstiq
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kericstiq

Serrenity wolfyseyes I still have the Mesmer I started the game with.. Just waiting there at level 19. Staring at me with haunted eyes.. As much as I love the concept of Mesmer, I kept dying over and over and over, I rolled a Necro; Now I harvest souls for lunch ^^

kericstiq
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kericstiq

arktourosx I also don’t like the Necro specialization.. But this one has at least has overcharging – a new concept for Elementalists; Warhorn though.. meh

Tenthyr
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Tenthyr

I DON’T LIKE THIS THING THEREFORE NO ONE ELSE CAN

HeckHound
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HeckHound

Bannex19

I could see doing it in Fresh Air builds which would allow you to overload Air twice in quicker succession than Fire.

Other than that, maybe the damage modifiers are different?

Bannex19
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Bannex19

Your comment, on the other hand, was a regular playboy mansion ripper!

Mimiros
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Mimiros

This is so boring…

Bannex19
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Bannex19

Disagree, that explanation had affirmative action and tps reports written all over it

alexjwillis
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alexjwillis

Bannex19 In most Ele builds, Lightning usually has a control element to it that Fire does not — Blinds, Launches, Stuns, Weaknesses, etc. These are direct-apply and not reliant on traits. Fire can get some control elements attached but usually needs to be traited — so, Blind on Burn effects, etc. 

Also, DPS on Lightning Dagger/Dagger is much higher than on Fire anyway. Staff is the only build where Fire is the “standard” damage application system. But even then, I am often switching to Lightning for the Launch option (essential on PvP maps with bridges/ledges like Skyhammer, or just to push someone out of the Control Point circle).

Bannex19
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Bannex19

Hambow spec. Two weapons in one so you don’t have to perform that pesky weapon swap

Bannex19
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Bannex19

Why would I lightning overload over fire?
Both do aoe one adds might…

TomTurtle
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TomTurtle

I’ve enjoyed seeing how they’ve translated Guild Wars 1 mechanics like Overload into Guild Wars 2. I’d still love to see more Glyph and Ward skills on an Elementalist in the future. There’s a lot of skills to tap into from the original.

arktourosx
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arktourosx

First dud specialization to be released.  Hopefully the rest won’t be as bad and they keep delivering new ideas to classes and opening up alternative ways to play.

Dystopiq
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Dystopiq

C’MON WHERE IS THE WARRIOR SPEC!

anatheod
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anatheod

Craywulf yeah. Ele is so well rounded, people in the forums were wondering what else can they give them? I kinda like the direction with this new specialization since it seems to complement Fresh Air builds.

anatheod
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anatheod

Siphaed water attunement will offer a lot of support and heals as it seems. But you will still be dependant on your blasts.

Craywulf
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Craywulf

I really love the versitality of the Elementalist, so much depth to master too. Unfortunately I just plain-o suck at using it. It’s a profession that requires to to be quick on your toes to switch your elements at any given moment, especially in SPvP and WvW. I suspect the warhorn will be more complimentary in PvE, but I hope I am wrong. I hope this gives the profession, which is already loaded, more options. The Elementalist is probably the best designed profession ArenaNet has created, and they probably can’t screw it up with this spec.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

Siphaed 
As a Mage who wields fire and ice, the last thing I want is to play nurse. >.<

Ata1
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Ata1

alexjwillis They are adding new attunment overload abilities. It is indeed pushing boundaries of attunement further.

skoryy
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skoryy

You’re prying Mirka’s staff from his cold dead hands. Or if you glare meanly at him, he’s a timid lad.
My red haired ele totally not leftover from a bout of totally outrageous character copying, however… Gwen, its time to start powerleveling. And ask Anet for a portable piano instrument.

Superbrak
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Superbrak

Serrenity alexjwillis Agreed. It probably shows better than it reads.

Serrenity
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Serrenity

Kurogane335 I’m hoping that thief gets something awesome that makes me want to play it more.  I’ve been hoarding my tomes to boost him to 80

camelotcrusade
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camelotcrusade

What’s that on her shoulder?  A handy illuminated makeup mirror?  Always look your best, I suppose…

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